Create a multiboot CD (or USB flash drive)
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I want to have a business card size CD with which I could boot multiple floppy images (I don't want to carry floppies with me because of their size, fragility, and lack of reliability). I'm posting this because someone might find it useful. Basically I want a CD that has:
- NT password reset
- Ghost boot disks (using Norton Ghost or any other ghosting software)
- Mini (floppy) Linux distribution for recovery and other purposes.
- DSL and Puppy floppy images that load DSL or Puppy from USB flash drive (in case the BIOS of the computer does not support USB booting directly).
1. First, create a folder ~/bootdisk that will hold the images. Download floppy images or rip floppies with
dd if=/dev/fd0 of=~/bootdisk/imagename
(by the way, keep "imagename" under 7 letters because of CD file system limitations).
2. Install syslinux (use apt-get/Synaptic).
3. Copy "isolinux.bin" and "memdisk" from /usr/lib/syslinux to the ~/bootdisk folder.
4. In the ~/bootdisk folder create an "isolinux.cfg" file like this:
default 0 prompt 1 timeout 100 display message.txt label 0 localboot 0x80 label 1 kernel memdisk append initrd=reset label 2 kernel memdisk append initrd=img1 label 3 kernel memdisk append initrd=img2 label 4 kernel memdisk append initrd=puppy label 5 kernel memdisk append initrd=dsl
label 0: bypass the CD and boot from localdisk
label 1 to 3: "reset", "img1", "img2" are the names of floppy images that I put in ~/bootdisk
label 4 and 5: start the "puppy" and "dsl" floppy images that provide support for USB (in case the computer cannot boot directly from USB)
Again, make sure the image names have less than 7 characters.
5. Create "message.txt" in ~/bootdisk that contains a menu like this one:
0. Boot from local disk 1. Reset NT passwords 2. Ghost bootdisk Dell GX270 3. Ghost bootdisk Dell G 4. Puppy USB support 5. DSL USB support
Make sure the numbers correspond with the ones in isolinux.cfg (messages.txt is not absolutely necessary, but otherwise you'd need to know the label names when you boot).
6. Create the iso image, run this command while in ~/bootdisk:
mkisofs -o cdproject.iso -b isolinux.bin -c boot.cat \ -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 \ -boot-info-table ~/bootdisk
apt-get install qemu qemu -m 256 -cdrom cdproject.iso -boot d
By the way, this is not applicable to boot different ISO files, there are other ways to do that (for example if you want a DVD to contain multiple distros).
Multiboot USB drive
- get Puppy Linux, boot from CD, install it to your USB flash drive (use "syslinux" choice).
- create and add floppy images in root of USB drive as instructed above.
- modify syslinux.cfg in the root of USB drive to point to the floppy images just like in the example above (keep the entry for Puppy) add a messages.txt for the menu.